Goldwings and fireworks set to light up the sky

Parade of the Goldwing vehicles along the seafront...Picture Richard Ponter 123651g
Parade of the Goldwing vehicles along the seafront...Picture Richard Ponter 123651g

Scarborough’s much-loved Goldwing motorcycle parade will roar into town for the last ever time on Saturday.

As reported in The Scarborough News last week, the fundraising event is set to draw to a close as organsiers feel unable to continue with the demands associated with staging the event.

However, though main organiser John Bates says he is “heartbroken” to see the annual event come to an end, they are determined to go out with a bang.

He said: “We’ve gone to great lengths to make it work, but the event has become a victim of its own success. The responsibility has become to great for a small group of volunteers.

“However, we’re going to make sure it goes out on a high and we wish to thank everyone for all their support in making the event a success over the years.”

This year’s static display will centre around the lifeboat house from 10am to 4pm. Then at 8pm, around 200 dazzling GoldWings will parade along Scarborough’s North and South Bays promenades to the delight of spectators.

It is not certain whether anyone else will step in and offer to run the event in future years, but Mr Bates said he would be delighted if someone did come forward.

Mr Bates added: “Your support to date has helped to raised £27,270 for RNLI Lifeboats and we hope your continued support will help us reach a total of £30,000.”

To support the Honda Gold Wing Light Parade on Saturday, the Scarborough South Bay traders are hosting a musical firework spectacular.

Fireworks will go off to music in South Bay, at 9.30pm, and will be visible from further afield.

The display will be one of three - the first was held on August 31 and the last will be on September 14.

John Senior, of South Bay Traders Association, said: “Judging by the reaction of the large gathered crowd and subsequent texts, was very well received and the musical accompaniment was inspired and superbly delivered. Well done and thanks to all who helped.”